Contemplating Enlightenment

For some beginners, enlightenment is something extraordinary (read: admired, famous, revered, exalted, purified, respected, etc.).

Understandably, this is the understanding of a beginner. Which holds a lot of wonder. Once one is cured of all wonderment, the meaning of enlightenment is different.

Some say enlightenment is the purified state of negativity, perfected in positive qualities. This definition is suitable for some beginners.

Bodhidharma is much more complicated, trying to understand perfect enlightenment is the same as trying to explain about space. There is no tongue that shall be long enough to explain this.

This second understanding of enlightenment is much easier to digest, enlightenment is a return to each other’s nature. As natural as the water that is naturally wet.

As natural as flowers which are naturally beautiful. There is no force in nature that can steal the wetness of water. There is no force in nature that can steal the beauty of flowers.

In the same way, once one returns to one’s own nature, no external force can steal the inner peace.

Once someone asks, how do you return to your natural nature? Firstly you need to heal your amazement towards material life. Especially those who are under 40 years old.

Then water the seeds of the inner gratitude. Better yet, guide yourself to always return to the beautiful house called the present.

Whatever blessings in this moment, always be grateful. At least learn to find the lesson behind any pain and suffering. From learning to be more mature until learning to be more wise.

From there the secret door will open. There are secrets that can be seen through open eyes. There are secrets that can only be seen with closed eyes. A deep secret.

Lao Tzu explained it very clearly: “When you are ready, the teacher will appear. When you are truly ready, the teacher will disappear”.

As soon as you are ready, the Guru will come. Once you’re really ready, the Guru will disappear. That is because the Guru and your soul has become one within.

What remains then is only one, the longing to share the Light. Other than that, any human’s words would not do much to help.

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About the author

H.H. Guruji Gede Prama

Gede Prama started his spiritual journey through a dialogue with his symbolic Guru in a village at the north of Bali. The journey is then being enriched with his experiences of studying abroad, his meetings with the world greatest spiritual Gurus: His Holiness Dalai Lama, The Venerable Thich Nhat Hanh, as well as Professor Karen Armstrong; and also being deepened by his intense meditation practices.

Despite the fact that he was once a CEO of a large corporation with thousand of employees, and was traveling abroad frequently for the purpose of teaching, yet, being deeply moved by the Bali bombing incident in 2002, he then decided to leave everything and went back to his home island.
He has never leave Bali for the past few years. In fact, he rarely leaves the silence of the forest where he lives, except for the purpose of teaching at the sacred sites within Bali.

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